Grewcock believes Robson’s form for table-topping Harlequins has propelled him into the England reckoning.
FORMER British and Irish Lion Danny Grewcock believes the form of George Robson for table-topping Harlequins has propelled him into the England reckoning.
The 26-year-old Robson has been an ever present in the Quins second row as Conor O’Shea’s men have set the Premiership alight this season.
But while he has earned himself a starting berth in the Quins engine room, he has found an England starting jersey harder to come by, last representing his country at Under-18 level.
However, all that could change with England looking to start afresh after a disastrous World Cup campaign, leading to Martin Johnson handing in his resignation.
And with attentions now turning to the RFU ironing out the creases in time for a serious assault at the 2015 World Cup on home soil, Grewcock is urging whoever is in charge to pick the in form players, and no one is more in form than Robson at this moment in time.
“Harlequins have a lot of young guys who have really come through and are showing what they are made of this year, none more so than George Robson,” said World Cup winner Grewcock, who is an ambassador for SSE – a leading energy company and National Community Partner of the RFU.
“George has shown himself to be a very strong second-rower and he is clearly in some very good form right now and has become a key player in a very good Quins team.
“I know he hasn’t been spoken about in the England team but if he and Quins continue to do what they are doing then don’t be surprised to hear his name banded around.
“With England looking to appoint a new coach long term I think the squad on a whole needs to be looking at the long term and the 2015 World Cup in particular.
“I would like to see the form players being chosen and you can’t get much more in form than Quins and George right now so he deserves his chance.”
While Quins have started this season at a meteoric pace, Grewcock knows how fickle the Premiership can be, coming close but never lifting the trophy despite player for perennial title challengers Saracens and Bath during his playing career.
And Grewcock is urging caution to O’Shea’s men, insisting they haven’t won anything yet.
“I have been impressed with Quins like everybody else has and I think they have been playing some great rugby,” he added.
“But there are still 20 games to go so a lot could happen between now and then so they need to just keep doing what they have been doing.
“You don’t win anything before Christmas and they will know that so it is about keeping your head down and keeping plugging away.”
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